Tuesday, 1 January 2013

20 Best Albums of 2012: #9

9. Grizzly Bear, Shields

Shields is a record perfect for the period of time between autumn and winter when the barrier between warmth and cold begins to be defined. The songs on the album embrace the listener even as their lyrics speak of distances and isolation. Despite the band's avowed efforts to make the album ‘less dreamy’ than previous releases, Shields is never truly dissonant in mood or tone. This doesn’t make Shields any less satisfying: it’s a beautifully shaded work that reveals the complexity of its melodies and structures over time.


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